After completing my apprenticeship back in 2016 I remained at the marketing agency for a number of years. During this time I grew my confidence, experience and improved my problem solving skills. I also gained experience in design and learnt some very useful tips on the fundamentals of design.
Working in marketing is great, you get to work with new and existing business, experiment with design trends and learn new things. It was at this time I picked up Laravel and started to use it for some of the larger, more complex projects.
I worked in marketing for almost four years before deciding I wanted to try something new. The biggest drawback with marketing, for me, is that it’s very fast-paced and while that in itself wasn’t a problem, the inability to spend time on features of a project meant that rather than learning new things I was mostly constrained to short deadlines. This meant I would always revert to techniques, methods and tools I already knew.
In 2019, I left marketing and joined a ed-tech software company. Working with Laravel it focuses on apprenticeship management software. I’ve now been working here for 2+ years. It was one of the best decision I made, not only do I now spend much more time working on a specific feature, allowing for new tools to be tested and techniques trialled, but I’ve also working within a team of other developers, previously I was on my own. Working with a team of other developers who are more experienced than me has been game changing in my career. I’m able to learn new things from them, while also, in some instances, teach them about my experiences from marketing or with Laravel.